Graffiti or art? Mural appears near Avenham Park

Posted on - 3rd September, 2011 - 11:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston Guild, Preston News

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An abandoned building in Penwortham has seen a giant mural painted on its side.

The Vernon Carus sports field saw the artwork, depicting the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa sculpture in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome, appear overnight earlier this week.

The artists behind the mural – known only as Parle – told the Lancashire Evening Post more murals would appear around the city in a ‘campaign of culture ahead of the 2012 Preston Guild.

He said: “This is the guerilla operation towards a more planned project we have been working on.

“We got a bit impatient because we wanted to do something and then I was walking my dog past that building and saw someone locking it up, so I asked if he would mind me painting the wall and he agreed.”

The mural has certainly divided opinion, with some dubbing it just plain graffiti while others praise it for using an empty run down building in a creative way – just take a look at the comments on

What do you think about the mural? Do you see it as graffiti or artwork? Vote in the poll below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Also, we’d love to hear from Parle, so please get in touch with us.

Image credit to Bernie Blackburn

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